Following what was a surprisingly “good loss” in Seattle to the Seahawks in Week 1, the Bengals were looking to get their first win in their home opener against the San Francisco 49ers. Well, that was the plan at least. They got absolutely walloped. The final score was 41-17. There were not very many positives that came out of this game so let’s just skip to the negatives.
To say that the running game was nonexistent would be putting it gently. They finished the game with 25 yards on 19 carries. Joe Mixon was looking to have another big year after having a very impressive rookie season and so far this season it has not looked like that is going to be the case. However, I cannot entirely blame the running backs for the lack of production. This problem is mostly a result of an offensive line that is starved of talent. There is not a whole lot that a running back can do when there is not a hole to be found.
Another very glaring problem this week was the defense. Following a game with the Seahawks where the defense looked far better than expected, they decided that they did not feel like playing today. They gave up 572 yards, 259 of which were rushing. There is no reason why the Bengals should be giving up that many yards to the 49ers (sorry 49ers fans). There are maybe two teams that I can see giving up that many yards to, the 49ers are for sure not one of those teams. The entire defense just got outplayed. The defensive coaching staff got out schemed.
The Bengals are going to need to do a lot of work if they want to have anything close to a good season. However, not much was really expected of them this season, so we’ll see what happens.